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Nursing - Perioperative Care

Overview
The overall aim of the programme is to provide registered nurses with the opportunity to enhance previously acquired professional education and develop critical inquiry, knowledge and skills, attributes and competencies in preparation for developing roles within nursing. Successful completion of year 1 (Graduate Diploma) will provide students with the academic qualifications necessary to be considered for Clinical Nurse Specialist posts. Successful completion of year 2 (MSc) will provide students with the academic qualifications to be considered for Advanced Nursing Practice posts. The programme provides opportunities to explore research as evidence for enhancing and changing practice. The programme also provides opportunities for nurses to develop critical thinking and reflective skills at specialist and advanced practice levels. The programme will develop professional qualities and a high level of competence in the promotion of excellence and current best practice in the delivery and appraisal of advancing practice.

Overview
On completion of the programme the student will:

• Critically examine best practice in meeting the perioperative care needs of the surgical patient.

• Critically evaluate philosophical concepts and evidence underpinning perioperative care.

• Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of contemporary nursing skills in the assessment and management of patients in a perioperative environment.

• Apply critical thinking skills and ethical decision making required for advancing practice.

• Demonstrate proficiency in written, verbal, and digital communication skills, at individual and collaborative levels.

• Critically examine the value of multidisciplinary collaboration in the provision of safe and quality evidenced based perioperative care.

• Critically review current innovations and developments in leading and managing change in perioperative practice.

• Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the research process.

• Demonstrate commitment to life-long learning while fostering self-development and self-evaluation.

• Demonstrate responsibility for personal and professional development in advancing perioperative care.

• Apply critical thinking and reflective skills in promoting and advancing perioperative practice.

• Appreciate the contribution of research in informing and advancing practice within a perioperative setting.

Entry requirements

1. A registered nurse on the current register of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland

2. Be engaged in practice as a registered nurse for at least one year

3. Students would normally possess a primary degree (Minimum 2.2) or show evidence of recognized prior learning (RPL) as outlined in the (RPL) policy of the University and Department of Nursing and Midwifery

4. Students are required to be working in a perioperative setting for the duration of the programme

5. Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet criteria identified in the English Language qualifications set by the University of Limerick

6. The MSc in Nursing (Perioperative Care) will be offered as a full time programme but taken on a part time basis over two years with the option of an exit award on completion of year 1 (Graduate Diploma). Students can also opt to progress to year two for the MSc award having attained a minimum QCA of 2.00 at the end of year one.

Standard Degree Applicants/ Include with your application:
Full degree transcript and certificates/awards (including English translation if applicable)

English language qualifications (Taken in the last 2 years, if English is not your first language)

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland current registration certificate

Copy of birth certificate (Long Document)

An application fee of €35 (electronically) or €40 Bankdraft/Cheque.

Recognized Prior Learning Applicants/ who do not meet standard entry requirements / Include with your application

Copy of birth certificate( Long Document)

Copy of current Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland registration certificate

1000 word typed Recognized Prior Learning Statement

Copies of all certificates or diploma’s as part of prior learning to date

An application fee of €35 (electronically) or €40 Bankdraft/Cheque.

Duration

2 years full-time.

Careers or further progression

Graduate Profile
Successful completion of year one of the Masters in Nursing (Perioperative Care) programme (Graduate Diploma award) will provide students with the academic qualifications required to be considered eligible for clinical nurse specialist posts. The MSc award on successful completion of year 2 will provide students with the academic qualifications required to be considered eligible for advanced practice posts.

Further enquiries

Dr. Owen Doody, Course Director, Postgraduate Programmes
Department of Nursing and Midwifery
Email: owen.doody@ul.ie
Telephone: 00 353 61 213367, Mobile: 00 353 86 8379781

Subjects taught

Year 1:
Autumn:
Health Research – Methods and Methodology (12 Credits)
Clinical Practicum 1 ( 9 Credits)
Theoretical Principles of Perioperative Nursing ( 9 Credits)

Spring
Promoting Quality and Safety in Health Care (12 Credits)
Clinical Practicum 2 (9 Credits)
Managing and Co-ordinating Perioperative Nursing (9 Credits)

Year 2
Autumn Dissertation 1 ( 9 Credits)
Spring Dissertation 2 (21 Credits)

The programme is listed as full time but is taken on a part time basis. The 90 credit MSc in Nursing (Perioperative Care) consists of six modules in Year One (60 credits) and one research dissertation in Year 2 (30 credits). In year one students undertake two theory modules in each semester, (one specialist module in perioperative care and one core module)as well as one clinical practicum module in semesters one and two, a total of six modules in year one of the programme. As part of the clinical practicum modules students are required to fulfil 1100 hours clinical practice time over the two semesters in year one, in addition to successfully completing specialist perioperative care competences. Students are required to attend in University for a total of 13 days in year one, one introductory day and 6 days lectures in the Autumn and Spring semesters.In year two students will be required to complete a small scale research project or a systematic review, or a practice based enquiry within a supported framework. Students will be required to attend for one introductory day in the Autumn semester of year 2. They will be assigned an academic supervisor and will meet as required with supervisor during completion of year 2.

Comment

The overall aim of the MSc Nursing(Perioperative Care) programme is to provide registered nurses with the opportunity to develop and enhance specialist level knowledge and skills in the area of perioperative nursing care. A key goal of this programme is to prepare nurses for the challenges of leading and delivering specialist/ advanced level perioperative care.

Application date

Start Date: 10/Sep/2018

Application Deadlines

Taught Programmes
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Research Programmes
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